Why Gratitude is Good For Your Health…it goes like this…updated 10-14-2023
When you are thankful for where you are, what you have, and where you are headed and appreciate the people you have around you-it makes life peaceful.
While compiling some of our study on gratitude I ran into this confirmation from the Mayo Clinic. Some of this is what we have stated below in our articles about gratitude…and the professionals agree:
They have determined in their studied that expressing gratitude is a good solution and benefits both physical and mential health. They acknowledged that expressing gratitude is a positive factor in improving and relieving depression, anxiety and difficulities of long-term pain and also the risk of additional disease.
re: Matthew Schumann, Ph.D., is a psychologist in Psychiatry and Psychology at Mayo Clinic. The article is here.
Why Gratitude Is Good For Your Health
There have been a number of research studies supporting the fact that living a life of gratitude can provide you with numerous health benefits. These are physical and mental health benefits as stated above from having an attitude of gratitude.
It has been studied that it can even lower your blood pressure. You know those times when you get too excited and feel like you are going to blow up…remember whatever you are facing times could always be worse. Being thankful brings calm.
When you make a transition to a gratitude-based life it will take time, effort, and persistence so when you are aware of these health benefits it will inspire you to keep on going. We think that you will be pleasantly surprised at some of the health benefits that have been studied and voiced.
Good Days Start With Being Thankful:
1. You will become more patient…
Patience is virtual and severely lacking in the “instant gratification” world that we live in today. There was a research study conducted at Northeastern University where they found that people who practiced gratitude on a regular basis tended to be a lot more patient than those who did not.
It is really important to have more patience in your life because it will make you think longer term and you will be able to make better decisions. When we hurry through life, we fail to slow down and remember that everything doesn’t happen overnight. Not that new job, that new car, that new house, or even that new baby. It usually takes a whopping nine months.
“Patience is not the ability to wait, but the ability to keep a good attitude while waiting.” Unknown re: Yahoo
2. An Attitude of Gratitude will improve your relationships…
When you are able to express true gratitude to the important people in your life you will find that your relationships will be a lot stronger. You will create a much better connection with your loved one and your friends and friends.
The family is busy, each one has their role in making it all work to meet the daily, weekly, and monthly needs. It can get tough and one may need to ask for help from the other one to get it all done. In this case when one makes the effort to say; “thank you, for taking the time to help me get this done.” It not only strengthens the relationship with the one who took the time, but it gives you more value in that person and what they will do just to help you out.
Practicing The Art of Being Thankful…regularly improves your sleep
When you express feelings of appreciation for what you have, particularly just before you go to bed at night, you will tend to fall asleep quicker and sleep for longer. If your head is full of negative thoughts then it will be harder for you to fall asleep whereas the positive thoughts created by gratitude will help you to fall sound asleep in no time.
You will feel a lot more calm and relaxed after expressing your gratitude. If you have a gratitude journal, which you definitely should, then be sure to make entries into it before you go to sleep. Getting a good night’s rest is essential for good health.
If you suffer from depression then practicing gratitude is a good way to reduce it. Each morning and evening think about 3 things to be grateful for and write these down in your gratitude journal. Be sure to add the reasons why you are grateful for them as well. In a short time, you will find that you are a lot happier and less depressed.
Healthcare Utah. EDU-Gratitude lessens stress, anxiety, and depression.
Psychology Today states the following – There are 7 proven benefits of gratitude… while stating that we are often told by those around us to “Stop feeling sorry for yourself. ” They then clarify by saying that mentally strong people choose to exchange self-pity for being more thankful.
Gratitude creates lasting Happiness
There are many things in life that can give you a “happiness boost” such as playing with that little furry animal you have. But these are temporary happiness highs that are soon over. When you have an attitude of being more thankful for things in your life, you can feel happy for longer periods of time. It is more sustainable because of the strong emotion that is associated with gratitude.
“Gratitude turns what we have into enough.” anonymous
It is not difficult to cultivate an attitude of gratefulness, it just takes practice and fortitude. You do not need to invest in any expensive equipment – all you need is persistence and the willingness to transform your life for the better.
*Disclosure: we are not health professionals and we recommend that you contact your doctor if you have issues with your health or mental state of mind. We research our work and try to provide updated information.